projects recognized in competition honoring uses of job order
From constructing a replica of an Afghan marketplace
used for anti-terrorism training to restoring the Buddy Holly
Center, seven regional construction projects were named “Best
of the Best” in their competition for the Harry H. Mellon Award
of Excellence in job order contracting. Representing facility
owners from the United States and Canada, these winners competed
in a field of thousands of 2010 projects that used the construction-procurement
system, job order contracting, to complete repair, alteration
and maintenance projects.
The Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence recognizes excellence
in principles and practices while identifying unique and innovative
ways of using job order contracting to complete construction
projects. Repair, alteration, and maintenance work – the core
of the job order contracting system – is essential for the safe
and efficient use of public buildings and infrastructure. While
essential, this work is often not glamorous. This award recognizes
the facility owners and managers who perform this important function
in an efficient and effective way.
“Each regional winner experienced the time and cost efficiency
job order contracting brings to construction, repair and alteration
projects,” said Robert Coffey, president and CEO of The Gordian
Group. “Project owners also saw first-hand they can complete
projects on time, on budget, and with the quality they require.”
The award is named for the inventor of job order contracting,
Harry H. Mellon. He devised the system in 1982, which fostered
a multi-billion-dollar industry that provides facility owners
with a process to complete repair, alteration, maintenance and
new-construction projects more efficiently and effectively, while
saving time and money.
The award program was established in 2008. In addition to regional
winners, one project is named the national winner. The national
honor was presented to the New York City Department of Education
for its Edible Schoolyard program. The following are the seven
regional projects that were honored.
Other than America Training Center
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) saved
3 months and at least $300,000 building a replica of an Afghan
village and marketplace for anti-terrorism training. With clients
registered to use the facility before construction began, its
owner chose job order contracting because work could begin quickly
and a proven contractor working on another project could be used.
The $300,000 savings was realized by refining and documenting
the process used to make and lay adobe bricks in the buildings.
With a new method and using on-site equipment, the contractor
reduced the cost of each of the 300,000 bricks by $1. The cost
of the project was $2.5 million.
Additional savings came from eliminating the administrative costs
associated with the competitive bidding process. With job order
contracting in place, NMT’s chosen contractor had already agreed
to complete specific jobs at specific prices. United States armed
forces and federal law enforcement agencies train at the facility.
Upper Des Plaines TARP Reservoir road and facilities improvements
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
had two choices when facing budget cuts that would jeopardize
a highly visible entrance improvement project. It could devote
months to design the project and solicit bids and then risk losing
funding when work began in the next fiscal year. Or, it could
complete the project in the fiscal year using a job order contracting
program already in place.
Twenty-eight days after deciding to use job order contracting,
the project was underway, funded and scheduled for completion
seven days earlier than initially planned. When completed, the
cost of the Gloria Alitto Majewski Upper Des Plaines TARP Reservoir
project was 16 percent lower than the original $115,000 budget
to build and landscape the access road. The facility was also
completed on schedule, allowing it to serve as the venue for
a 30 year retirement ceremony for an outgoing board commissioner.
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
The diversity of the seven major upgrades to the Japanese Canadian
Cultural Centre made it a great fit for job order contracting
because the system offers a database of thousands of construction
and alteration tasks from which to choose, priced specifically
for the Richmond B.C. market in Canadian dollars. That flexibility
allowed the City of Richmond, B.C., Canada, to order improvements
the staff desired without lengthy and expensive design and bidding
The completed projects included replacing the roof, outfitting
a water heater with restraints to withstand earthquake tremors,
installing a new fire alarm system, replacing some carpet and
replacing exterior light fixtures at the entrance.
Compounding the variety of projects, time and timing were critically
important. Contractors had to complete work without disrupting
functions while also roofing the building before weather turned
cold and wet. The City of Richmond, B.C. is the first Canadian
agency to use job order contracting. The Japanese Canadian Cultural
Centre project, completed using The Gordian Group’s job order
contracting system, came in 18 percent below estimates by the
Pierce Hall Lab Renovation
Special items like fume hoods and hundreds of filing drawers
with engraved numbers could not slow work to merge two classrooms
into one science lab at the University of California Riverside.
A full 1,400 sq. ft. of space was remodeled and refitted with
hoods and laboratory-grade cabinetry and countertops, as well
as new plumbing and lighting fixtures.
The $314,000 project was completed on schedule and in plenty
of time for the first classes of the semester.
Collins Park Cultural Center
From the ground up, job order contracting guided renovations
to the Bass Museum and Historical Rotunda at the Collins Park
Cultural Center. The $6.56 million project encompassed a wide
variety of site preparation, hardscape, lighting and restoration
work. Job order contracting shaved months from the procurement
process on this time sensitive project. The project was completed
on time and $240,000 under the budget of $6.8 million.
Spring House Restoration
Public school officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, turned to
job order contracting to have a registered historic landmark
restored while a new high school was built at the same site.
Known as the Spring House, the building was overgrown by vegetation
and required major restoration.
Work on the $27,800 project began just 11 days after officials
decided to separate the restoration from the school construction.
Buddy Holly Center Renovation
Keeping restoration of the Buddy Holly Center on track was the
main driver behind the choice of job order contracting. Restoration
of one entire building and a corridor in the complex tested the
efficiency of job order contracting in terms of time and money.
Located in Lubbock’s historic Fort Worth and Denver South Plains
Railway Depot, the center features a beautiful Mission, Spanish
Revival style reminiscent of the 1920s era. Despite the meticulous
restoration work required, the project was completed on time
and under budget. The savings that resulted from using job order
contracting spared enough money to have the statue of Buddy Holly
restored as well.